On the final day of the twenty first Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia, Saint Lucia’s very own Levern Spencer won a historic gold medal for her homeland. After a 56 year wait for the island, the 33 year old Spencer has finally shattered the glass ceiling which has eluded our athletes for more than half a century.
Soaring over a pole height of 1.95 metres, Levern sealed the deal for Saint Lucia beating out England’s Morgan Lake (1.93 m) and Australia’s Nicola McDermott (1.91m).
It is indeed a historic moment since Saint Lucia first participated in the Games in Perth back in 1962 and has sent athletes to every event since the 1994 Victoria, Canada Games. Twice she came close, winning bronze New Delhi (2010) and Glasgow (2014).
Interviewed after her historic feat, Levern said, “It’s a really good feeling and I am happy I’m the one making history for my country. In the last two editions of the Commonwealth Games I got bronze so I was determined to work hard this time to win gold and my results today were good enough.”
If ever there was a story of perseverance and tenacity, Levern Spencer is the poster child for it. Over the years she has epitomized the meaning of persistence and continues to be an inspiration to many young athletes. This was her fifth Commonwealth Games.
There remains no doubt that her return home will be welcomed with a tremendous welcome and motorcade to celebrate her historic gold medal win for Saint Lucia.